The Heart of a Priest, Father Fred's Life and Ministry
As a young priest, Fr. Edwin Frederick was on a fast track to a leadership position in the Church. Then, in 1959, at age 34, he was unexpectedly assigned to a chaplaincy position at a state psychiatric hospital in Traverse City, Michigan. Faced with this huge disappointment, he was true to his vow of obedience, accepted the assignment, and went to work. Not only did he flourish in those unusual surroundings, he elevated the position of Chaplain in the eyes of the State of Michigan; led an ecumenical effort to build and operate an inter-faith chapel; helped thousands of people find their way to God through his unusual ministry; and ignited a sense of volunteerism and compassion in northern Michigan. Not until he was sixty-five years old was he assigned a parish and became a pastor for the first time in his priestly vocation.
This is an inspirational and richly-written story of a beloved ordinary priest, told through stories from family, friends, patients, volunteers, and clients of the foundation he started when the hospital closed. It's no wonder that when he died, the headline on the local newspaper read: "The Faithful Father Fred: TC's 'Mother Teresa' leaves lasting legacy."